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Estherville man pleads guilty to meth and gun charges

Estherville man pleads guilty to meth and gun charges

SIOUX CITY – A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine while illegally possessing guns pled guilty September 20, 2019, in federal court in Sioux City. Dustin Julich, 35, from Estherville,…

Mexican man who tried to enter U.S. with child porn on his phone sent to prison

Mexican man who tried to enter U.S. with child porn on his phone sent to prison

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A Mexican national was sentenced recently to six years in federal prison following his conviction of possessing child pornography. U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick, Southern District of…

Fourth Mason City Man sentenced for involvement in sale of stolen guns

Fourth Mason City Man sentenced for involvement in sale of stolen guns

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Mason City man who assisted with the sale of a stolen firearm was sentenced October 4, 2019 to three years in federal prison. Amador Ramos, age…

J.D. Scholten announces first Sstops of “Don’t Forget About Us” town hall tour

J.D. Scholten announces first Sstops of “Don’t Forget About Us” town hall tour

SIOUX CITY — J.D. Scholten, candidate for Iowa’s 4th congressional district, today announced updates to the first stops of his “Don’t Forget About Us” town hall tour. During this tour,…

NIACC’s Lifelong Learning Institute to hold free class on mental health first aid

NIACC’s Lifelong Learning Institute to hold free class on mental health first aid

MASON CITY – The Lifelong Learning Institute at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) will hold a class discussing “Mental Health First Aid” on Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October…

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Iowa’s Wieskamp named Preseason All-Big Ten

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Iowa’s Wieskamp named Preseason All-Big Ten

ROSEMONT, Ill. – University of Iowa sophomore Joe Wieskamp is one of 10 men’s basketball players selected to the 2019-20 Preseason All-Big Ten team as selected by a media voting panel. The Big…

How to Recover From a Car Accident

How to Recover From a Car Accident

Getting back into the swing of things after a traumatic and damaging car accident can be a troublesome affair. Not only might you be injured and forced to miss a…

GOP choose Pat Grassley as new Speaker of the House for Iowa Legislature

GOP choose Pat Grassley as new Speaker of the House for Iowa Legislature

DES MOINES – Republicans control the Iowa House Representatives and, tasked with finding a replacement for the retiring Linda Upmeyer, they have selected Pat Grassley – grandson of U.S. Senator…

Mason City police department awarded $480K grant

Mason City police department awarded $480K grant

MASON CITY – The Mason City Police Department has been awarded an Implementation Grant by the Bureau of Justice Assistance through the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP). The…

OBIT: Mary Lou (Tynan) Sprague, 87

OBIT: Mary Lou (Tynan) Sprague, 87

On Saturday, October 5, 2019, Mary Lou (Tynan) Sprague, was called to be home with the Lord and passed away at the age of 87. A funeral service will be…

OBIT: Maxine Vetter, 82

OBIT: Maxine Vetter, 82

Maxine Vetter, 82, passed away October 4, 2019. At Maxine’s request there will be no funeral.  A private graveside service and a Celebration of Life will be held at a…

Waterloo marijuana user sentenced to over two years for possessing multiple handguns

Waterloo marijuana user sentenced to over two years for possessing multiple handguns

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who illegally possessed three separate handguns during a one-year period was sentenced today to more than two years in federal prison. Aquarias Tykee Madlock, age…

POET Biorefining receives top workplace wellness award

POET Biorefining receives top workplace wellness award

MASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo Public Health Department this week presented the annual Workplace Wellness Diamond Award to POET Biorefining of Hanlontown. The Workplace Wellness Awards Program is a…

New Hampton man sentenced to over 15 years in federal prison for distributing and possessing child pornography

New Hampton man sentenced to over 15 years in federal prison for distributing and possessing child pornography

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who distributed and possessed child pornography was sentenced today to over 15 years in federal prison. William Rolen, age 57, of New Hampton, Iowa, received…

Wanted Iowa man caught after imprisoning and beating woman who narrowly escaped with her life

Wanted Iowa man caught after imprisoning and beating woman who narrowly escaped with her life

DES MOINES – A wanted Iowa man has been caught Sunday morning after imprisoning and beating a woman who narrowly escaped with her life. Police now have in custody 39-year-old…

Alleged drunk driver crashes into police car, sends K9 and officer to medics

Alleged drunk driver crashes into police car, sends K9 and officer to medics

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man was arrested after crashing his car into a parked police cruiser and now faces a drunk driving charge. At 11:20 PM on October 4,…

Karl and Jean Schilling recognized as NIACC Pappajohn Center September Entrepreneurs of the Month

Karl and Jean Schilling recognized as NIACC Pappajohn Center September Entrepreneurs of the Month

MASON CITY – The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the North Iowa Area SBDC are proud to announce Karl and Jean Schilling of Kaleidoscopes to You as the September…

Iowa budget closes with full cash reserves, surplus of $289M

Iowa budget closes with full cash reserves, surplus of $289M

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced this week the State of Iowa will end Fiscal Year 2019 with a balance of $289.3 million in its General Fund. “Iowa’s fiscal…

Convicted Iowa crack dealer sent to federal prison after battling cops, armed with loaded handgun

Convicted Iowa crack dealer sent to federal prison after battling cops, armed with loaded handgun

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who was convicted in federal court for illegally possessing a gun for the third time was sentenced October 3, 2019, to more than sixteen years…

Bernie Sanders discharged from hospital; raises millions of dollars

Bernie Sanders discharged from hospital; raises millions of dollars

LAS VEGAS – Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Senator in the top tier of Democratic Presidential hopefuls, has been released from a Las Vegas hospital after suffering a heart ailment even…

NIACC Family Stem Festival to be held on October 12

NIACC Family Stem Festival to be held on October 12

MASON CITY – Bring your whole family to the NIACC (North Iowa Area Community College) Family STEM Festival on Saturday, October 12 from 1 PM to 4 PM at NIACC…

Swerving to avoid deer sends car with 5 people inside tumbling near Worth county casino

Swerving to avoid deer sends car with 5 people inside tumbling near Worth county casino

RURAL WORTH COUNTY – A driver apparently swerved to avoid a deer on a road near Worth county’s Diamond Jo Casino, but the move sent the vehicle tumbling into a…

DNR investigating fish kill in Backbone State Park trout streams

DNR investigating fish kill in Backbone State Park trout streams

DUNDEE – DNR staff investigated a fish kill in Backbone State Park Sept. 28 after trout anglers reported seeing dead fish in Richmond Springs and Fenchel Creek. Staff from DNR…

Caring Pregnancy Center of Mason City to host Fall Reception

Caring Pregnancy Center of Mason City to host Fall Reception

MASON CITY – Caring Pregnancy Center of Mason City will host its annual Fall Reception. On Saturday, November 2, 2019, the Caring Pregnancy Center of Mason City will host the…

Three-time Waterloo felon sent to federal prison for possessing loaded gun with obliterated serial number

Three-time Waterloo felon sent to federal prison for possessing loaded gun with obliterated serial number

CEDAR RAPIDS – A convicted felon who was stopped with a loaded firearm while under the influence of drugs in Waterloo was sentenced today to more than six years in…

Annual tree and brush removal efforts within county road right-of-ways to begin in Cerro Gordo county

Annual tree and brush removal efforts within county road right-of-ways to begin in Cerro Gordo county

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board Roadside Management staff will soon begin annual tree and brush removal efforts within county road right-of-ways. Manual removal of trees and…

Supreme Court to hear abortion case

Supreme Court to hear abortion case

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court has added an abortion case to its docket and it could be a big ruling in the controversial matter. A Louisiana law that…

Democratic Presidential contender Bernie Sanders hospitalized for heart trouble

Democratic Presidential contender Bernie Sanders hospitalized for heart trouble

LAS VEGAS – Bernie Sanders, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination for President, is recovering in a Las Vegas hospital after a heart procedure. Sanders was hospitalized this week…

Top Iowa fishing spots for week of October 3, 2019

Top Iowa fishing spots for week of October 3, 2019

CLEAR LAKE – This weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the…

Manchester United stars Omitted from the England senior team 

Manchester United superstars Jesse Lingard and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have both failed to make the England national team call-up this time including Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. And in their omission, head…

Trump and EPA announce biofuel deal

Trump and EPA announce biofuel deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue issued the following statements after President Donald J. Trump successfully…

Iowa woman’s suspicious death ruled a suicide

Iowa woman’s suspicious death ruled a suicide

DEWITT, IOWA – The suspicious death of an Iowa woman has been ruled a suicide. On Friday, September 27, 2019, at approximately 9:44 AM, the DeWitt Police Department received a…

City of Mason City expense report for October 3, 2019

City of Mason City expense report for October 3, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 10/3/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— A1-PORTABLES MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 585.00 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 5,199.67 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 268.00 AGVANTAGE FS…

Alliant Energy: “Customers to see benefits in proposed settlement of Alliant Energy’s Iowa electric rate review”

Alliant Energy: “Customers to see benefits in proposed settlement of Alliant Energy’s Iowa electric rate review”

CEDAR RAPIDS – Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company has filed a partial settlement agreement in its current electric rate review. Customers would see lower than expected increases in electric bills…

Opinion: ‘The Clock is Ticking’

Opinion: ‘The Clock is Ticking’

People always wonder how Hitler managed to get into power: “How could the Germans vote for him, how could they let that happen.” Those are the words of people who…

DNR to host “field day” at McIntosh Woods State Park in Clear Lake

DNR to host “field day” at McIntosh Woods State Park in Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE – The Iowa DNR will host a “field day” at McIntosh Woods State Park in Clear Lake next week. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State…

False statement on firearms form lands Iowa man in federal prison

False statement on firearms form lands Iowa man in federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who falsified ATF forms in order to purchase firearms was sentenced October 2, 2019, to more than a year in federal prison. Joseph Lamont…

Free social event planned in Charles City on October 15 covering philanthropy and women’s health

Free social event planned in Charles City on October 15 covering philanthropy and women’s health

CHARLES CITY – The Floyd County Community Foundation (FCCF), in partnership with the Floyd County Medical Center Foundation, is inviting the public to attend a free Philanthropy and Women’s Health…

U.S. targets Russian actors involved in efforts to sabotage U.S. elections

U.S. targets Russian actors involved in efforts to sabotage U.S. elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. government has taken steps to punish Russian agents who sabotaged the 2016 elections. On September 30, the United States announced it continues to take action…

Pastor murdered in Fort Dodge; possible assailant behind bars

Pastor murdered in Fort Dodge; possible assailant behind bars

FORT DODGE – A pastor was murdered Wednesday in Fort Dodge in broad daylight, and the alleged assailant is behind bars at this time facing murder and robbery charges. On…